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Video: Moscow Doctors Will Use Helium To Treat COVID-19
Moscow doctors will use helium to treat COVID-19
According to the Moscow Department of Health, Russian scientists have created an apparatus for therapy with helium, now it is being tested in a test mode. The Russian development has already aroused great interest among foreign doctors, according to the department.
According to experts, the new technology could be very effective for the early prevention of severe pulmonary complications from COVID-19, since helium prevents oxygen starvation.
With the help of a special apparatus, patients will breathe helium oxide heated to 92 degrees for 15 minutes. The therapy is expected to improve oxygen diffusion across the alveolar membrane by increasing blood flow to the lungs, reduce airway resistance, and promote smooth muscle relaxation.
"At such a temperature, a decrease in the activity of the virus is possible, but the patient will not experience discomfort from a high temperature: the procedure can be compared to a visit to a sauna," the department explained.
The fact that Russia will introduce an experimental method of treatment using helium was previously announced on television by Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Chuchalin. The scientist recalled the works of the Nobel Prize winners Pyotr Kapitsa and Lev Landau, in which they described the unique properties of helium in the treatment of inflammatory processes in the lungs. Thanks to its ability to prevent oxygen deprivation, helium therapy could provide medical professionals with new opportunities for early diagnosis of pulmonary complications associated with COVID-19.
“Russia has truly unique scientists who have shown what helium can do in critical situations, especially thermal helium. At a temperature of 60-70 degrees, the viral load drops by 70%. Now we are conducting this research in Moscow on the basis of the Sklifosovsky Institute. We have created a special group to implement this,”Chuchalin noted.
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